Mark Carreau

Mark Carreau
Space Contributor,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Mark is based in Houston, where he has written on aerospace for more than 25 years. While at the Houston Chronicle, he was recognized by the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation in 2006 for his professional contributions to the public understanding of America's space program through news reporting. He has written on U. S. space policy as well as NASA's human and space science initiatives.
 
Mark was recognized by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and Headliners Foundation as well as the Chronicle in 2004 for news coverage of the shuttle Columbia tragedy and its aftermath.
 
He is a graduate of the University of Kansas and holds a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Kansas State University.
 
 

Articles
NASA Widens Circle of Experts In Search for Life Beyond Earth
NASA’s newly announced Nexus for Exoplanet System Science seeks to establish a foundation for future space and terrestrially-based observatories with capabilities to assess the environments of distant exo-planets for evidence of life.
Space Station Avoids Debris From Russian Weather Satellite 
U.S. and Russian flight control teams for the International Space Station coordinated an orbital debris avoidance maneuver early April 23 as a precautionary measure to avoid a close pass from a fragment associated with an obsolete Russian weather satellite.
NASA Selects Seven Space Technologies For Test Flights 
Seven space navigation, propulsion and manufacturing technology demonstration proposals have been selected by NASA for suborbital and parabolic test flights in 2015-16 under the Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Flight Opportunities Program.
NASA’s Messenger Not Ready To Go Quietly 
As it carries out its final orbits of the planet closest to the Sun, NASA’s Messenger Mercury mission leaves mounting intrigue over the Solar System’s early era, including the distribution of life’s precursors.
SpaceX Supply Capsule Reaches International Space Station 
The sixth SpaceX Dragon resupply capsule successfully rendezvoused with the International Space Station early April 17.
CASIS Says Non-NASA Science Interest In Space Station Growing 
From new users to repeat customers, the nonprofit Center for the Advancement of Science in Space reports a growing interest in the International Space Station as a laboratory research platform.
Ad Astra Envisions NASA Partnership Opening New Commercial Vistas 
Although Ad Astra Rocket Co. isn’t giving up on aspirations of interplanetary travel, the 10-year-old enterprise is focused firmly in the near term on ground-level refinements and a key demonstration of its novel plasma propulsion technologies through a new NASA Advanced Exploration Systems partnership agreement.
SpaceX Resupply Mission Launches To International Space Station 
SpaceX’s sixth Dragon commercial resupply mission spacecraft climbed to orbit April 14, initiating a three-day trip to the six-person International Space Station (ISS) with a 4,300-lb. cargo, following a 24-hr. weather delay.
Lightning Threat Halts SpaceX Launch Attempt 
SpaceX and NASA planned a second attempt to launch the sixth Falcon9/Dragon commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station on April 14, a 24-hr. delay, after a lightning threat late in the first countdown on April 13 forced a postponement.
Simulations Support Giant-Impactor Theory For The Moon’s Formation 
Convention suggests the Moon formed in the late planet-forming stages of the 4.6-billion-year-old Solar System, when a Mars-sized impactor struck the Earth—the final “giant impact” in an accretion process involving primarily small protoplanets.
Unprecedented Scrutiny of Mercury Drawing to a Dramatic Close 
NASA’s long-running Messenger spacecraft orbiting Mercury used the last of its hydrazine propellant this week in a bid to carry out a low-altitude, monthlong final mission extension to study polar ice deposits and other surface features that distinguish the planet closest to the Sun.
NASA Planetary Reentry Testbed Ready For Second Flight 
NASA’s Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project is prepared for a second flight of its saucer-shaped testbed.
NASA Agrees To Address Deep Space Network Upgrade, Security Needs 1
NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Directorate has agreed to address a dozen corrective recommendations raised by the agency’s Inspector General with regard to upgrade needs and increased security for the Deep Space Network, a 52-year-old global assembly of transmitters and receivers for communications with and navigation of distant planetary spacecraft.
Scott Kelly’s Long ISS Mission Psychological Challenge 
Relatives and colleagues believe it may be the obvious psychological rather than physical limits that emerge as the biggest challenge for NASA astronaut Scott Kelly as he embarks on the U.S. record-setting mission on the International Space Station.
Yearlong U.S., Russian Space Mission Gets Underway 
U S. astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko rocketed into Earth orbit on March 27, initiating the first “yearlong” mission to the International Space Station, where they will serve as subjects in a range of medical experiments intended to nurture plans for future human deep space exploration.
 
Blogs
Apr 25, 2015
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Saturday's Progress 57 Space Station Departure Paves the Way for new Russian Re-supply Mission

Progress 59 is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur on Tuesday at 3:09 a.m., EDT, initiating a four orbit, six hour sprint to the International Space Station with three tons of supplies...More
Apr 24, 2015
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Airbus A380 Makes First Flight (2005) 1

The Airbus A380 made its first flight on April 27, 2005. The story since has been full of ups and downs. See our original coverage from 2005....More
Apr 23, 2015
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Airbus, Boeing Delivering Aircraft At The Last Minute? 1

An analysis of Airbus' and Boeing's delivery data from Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database reveals that both Airbus and Boeing tend to deliver a majority of their aircraft during the second half of each month....More
Apr 21, 2015
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Astronaut Scott Kelly Paces Start to ISS Marathon Mission, Chance to Sip Espresso

"We definitely look forward to the espresso machine," astronaut Scott Kelly, NASA's ISS marathoner, told Russia Today. "I know a lot of people are interested in it."...More
Apr 15, 2015
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Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More

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